PNW Gardening forum: Vegetable Gardens

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May 6, 2010 10:45 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
So last year I put in a potager type of veggie garden. I laid out some of the squares a little too big to lean into and harvest, weed, etc. They're 6 x 8, the ones that are too large.

So.....some of them have teepee types of things in the center for height and to grow things up.

I'm trying to think of what to put in the center of the others to take up space, something I won't have to get into the center too often to care for. Maybe a rose in one of them. Maybe a birdbath in another.

What to put in the others? I have quite a few (9 in all). Any ideas?
May 7, 2010 9:44 AM CST
Name: Judi Darin
Portland, Oregon
"Give me again o nature your primal sanities."
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
May 7, 2010 3:43 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
I am doing a scarecrow in one! I forgot to post that. I just brought home an old hole digger that I'm hoping to turn into a scarecrow. I have to take it out and see if it'll be tall enough. Not sure what to use for the arms, other than lashing sticks/twigs.

The squares have circles between them , if that makes sense. in two of the circles, I had planters. I 'm going to take those planters and move them to the centers of two of the beds. So I've got about 6 of the beds figured out, just need to figure out something for the other three.

Maybe a very tall pot with things trailing down in one of them. Ex the kind of pot I'm thinking of is very $$$.
May 7, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Judi Darin
Portland, Oregon
If you put large things in the centers they might block the sun from some of the vegetables. At least that would be the case in my back yard where I have limited space that gets full sun for most of the day. I love the idea of using the old hole digger for a scarecrow! Oh - don't put a bird bath in with things like lettuce or the plants might get covered with bird droppings. Eeewww
"Give me again o nature your primal sanities."
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
May 7, 2010 11:58 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Good point on the bird bath!
Jun 5, 2010 12:55 AM CST
Name: Kate
Sammamish, WA
put a path into the center - you have room for it, and by placing stone steps or pavers, you won't disturbed any plant material. I would run it so it splits the 8' width, if that makes sense.
Jun 5, 2010 8:42 PM CST
Name: Holly Boyajian
Vashon, Washington
Then you could put one of your bean Tee pees over the pathway so you can walk right inside to pick the beans hanging down in the interior. I did that one year when the son was little and he and his friends had a blast. Ate lots of fresh vegetables that year.
Mar 21, 2013 11:28 PM CST
Name: Lisa Jackson
I think you visit landscape design Palos Verdes. They give you the perfact suggestion for your vegetable garden. I agree

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